Sunday, December 31, 2006

Executive Training


The following paragraph was dictated using iListen software I received for Christmas. It's great fun seeing what a mush-mouth I must be and correcting all my errors. (Everytime I say "All", the computer thinks I say, "Old". Is there a message there?)


If you strive to be a successful executive, it is best not to be funny. A new technician arrived one morning and I assigned him to a chemist for training. Early that afternoon I saw the chemist standing idly by a lab bench with this new technician standing equally idly beside him. I went up to the chemist and said "What are you going?" The chemist replied that he was waiting for an adhesive to dry. I asked how long he thought that might take. He said that he thought about two hours. I said, "So you are doing nothing and you are teaching your new technician how to do that? I suspect he learned that before today." (Tough talk, huh?) Instead of the remorseful answer I expected , they both burst out laughing. I had great difficulty with them from then on. They couldn't seem to take me seriously.

5 comments:

Marilyn said...

Voice recognition software? Wow! You're quite the tech-y, you know that? ;) Happy New Year to you and your lovely wife (and all of your loved ones). Here's to a wonderful, happy, healthy 2007.

Archana Bahuguna said...

That was interesting and funny! :-) Wish you a very happy and joyous new year too! And thanks for the wishes...

Archana said...

Wow - looks like the software is doing a good job :-)! Does it work with all kinds of accents? Would love to try it with my Indian accent :-))!

Floridora said...

Voice Recognition, Archana, They say that accents are no problem. When you start, you must go through a procedure during which the computer adapts to the way each of us speak.Then for a long period (I am far from there yet) corrections are necessary. With your techy background you probably know all about the gtechnology behind v.r. I found it fascinating to read up on -- and to see the learning take place as I practiced. Spooky.

Serene Ambition said...

This is fun...just found your blog. I will have to try the software, but from a professional corporate point of view if I were there, I might wonder if they were pulling your leg. If not, sounds like a good opportunity for a conversation. I am working on transforming culture of aging at www.sereneambition.com, would love to have you check us out. I like your perspective.